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I spent 900 on a washing machine

Never thought I'd see the day I'd say that...

     
9:37 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My girlfriend twisted my arm. Combination of "they do work better" and "I'll kill the neighbours cat and tell them you did it" seemed to sway me.

But I have to confess. It is an amazing machine.

I'm wearing a T-shirt I haven't worn for 3 years because I honestly thought nothing would ever clean it and it was only ever good for painting in.

Expensive washing machines rock! Even if Mrs TrillianJedi is going to have to live on beans on toast for the next month :)

Shhhh..... and it's so quiet!

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Did you get...

1. a traditional top-loader, or
2. a high-efficiency (HE) top-loader with new wash system, or
3. a front-loader?

10:38 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Make, model, and color, please?
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Hmmm, my wife puts my t-shirts in the washing machine and they come out the size of dolls clothes or a lovely shade of pink. If I wash the clothes they come our with bleach marks all over them.

I wonder if an expensive machine would help correct our obvious shortcomings in the washday department?

12:03 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What happens if you run your wife through the washing machine?

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2:06 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Washing machines are like a mattress for your bed. You use them all the time - why not spend a bit more.

Not trying to hijack this thread, but it drives me nuts when I see someone has a cheap mattress. If you're spending 6 - 10 hours a day on the thing, why not get something nice?

You did the right thing (hopefully you do wear clothes...). Buy quality, you'll never be sorry you did.

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Yes, its a good rule of thumb that, if you can raise the cash in the short term, you will have sppent less in the long term.
An annoying rule of thumb, but a good one :)
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Wascomat is the best washer I've used, is that what you got?
2:34 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My girlfriend twisted my arm. ...

... Even if Mrs TrillianJedi is going to have to live on beans on toast for the next month :)

You mean you didn't get them matching machines? That's gonna be trouble...... :)

2:42 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You did right buying an expensive machine, and if you pick up a 14 or 20 year parts & labour warranty it will see you well for a long time.

Washing machines and microwaves are the only bits of kit which it's worth getting an extended warranty for (parts and labour). They always run into problems after about 5-6 years and the manufacturers refuse to accept that it's faulty workmanship or not fit for purpose after that period (which I feel is quite unreasonable - after all you bought it for the purpose of washing clothes and if it's not able to do that for more than a few years then it's clearly unfit for purpose).

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I'm dying to hear someone's personal experience with LG's Steam Washing Machine. Sounds like the right price, was that it?
7:38 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm going to have a guess that it was a siemens IQ.
9:01 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Blimey, what a response to a washing machine thread. Hehe! You are all closet washing machine fanciers aren't you? Go on, admit it ;)

It's a front loader P1R.

I'm going to have a guess that it was a siemens IQ.

And you'd be absolutely right!

The Machine [siemensappliances.co.uk]

I was listening to it while it was doing its spin cycle last night and it's like it's just whispering. Actually, the noise (or lack of) has been the thing that's really impressed me the most about it.

The LG Steam Washing Machine sounds interesting. Not heard of that until Tedster mentioned it.

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I've got a Siemens machine too, without IQ ;), and I've never regretted buying it. It did get noisier after a while though, just like new PCs do.

I've also got a Siemens coffee machine, and I used to have a Siemens mobile phone. Even the streetcar I sometimes take is a Siemens. They've taken over my life...

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I've got a Siemens washing machine too. Bought it second hand in my student days, and even then it was old fashioned - I'm guessing early 80's. Built like a tank and Just Works (though it sounds like a tank on the spin cycle).

However, I've been vaguely meaning to ask for some time: are modern washing machines more efficient in terms of water usage? My water bills are somewhat higher than I think they should be, but I've not found out why.

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zCat: You'll have a leak, somewhere - put some food colouring in the cistern of the loo and see if it comes through. Thats the usual culprit.

Here, I noted the pump was coming on overnight sometimes a while ago (we're on tank water, living out in the boonies has its interesting side :)) and eventually we figured out that the bathtub washers had both gone :(

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I have a great washing machine. He's a very nice man and he works Posh Wash down the road.

5 a wash - take in a huge bag of washing in the morning, and it's clean, dried and perfectly folded in the evening.

Do it about once a week and I haven't the need to bother with a machine of my own - and no ironing... Suits me (no pun intended)

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Hmmm, I guess Siemens in the UK is like Maytag in the US?
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Siemens IQ machines are like nothing you've seen before. They are like maytag in that they are built to last. In the UK it's between the miele machines and the siemens. I always thought siemens not only looked better but performs better.

The difference in markets (Uk and USA) is quite big. The average life span of a washing machine in the UK is tiny compared with the USA.

Can you tell I used sell these for a living.

Did you get a full 10 year guarantee as well?

3:58 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Other market difference is that top loaders are the norm in the US, but not that widely used in the UK.

Don't know about them not lasting though. I just took a wash out of my 23 year old washing machine and I certainly have no notion of replacing it any time soon as it works perfectly, if noisily.

It's a bog standard Bendix. I worked out once that it has cost me about 1c per wash at this stage, including maintenece and repairs. Value.

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ahhhh thats the thing is with all household appliances. They're not built like they used to be.
8:10 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Blimey, what a response to a washing machine thread. Hehe! You are all closet washing machine fanciers aren't you? Go on, admit it

hehehehe - I am a sad <snip> - I've been checking out washine machines online this morning :)

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in fact we need a new one at home so this is a great thread for me (thanks TJ)
I like the LG steam one it seems like a really good one for the environment and energy/water saving [webmasterworld.com]

[edited by: lawman at 11:58 pm (utc) on Aug. 16, 2006]

10:20 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Did you get a full 10 year guarantee as well?

I think I read something about that, yes. Not entirely sure - I don't usually bother too much with guarantees (I know that's bad). I've never had a washing machine that hasn't lasted me at least 6/7 years though.

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It really is worth it.

Although if you do send off for it then it bound to go boom after 10 years and a day. It's the law.

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Hah! I bought a cheapskate Roper model ... it does the job, but it beats walking to a laundry mat. One thing I'm certain, I hate digital readouts on stupid appliances .. I'm a knob and button man. I dont need a microwave or coffee maker with a clock, I need a coffee maker that brews and microwave that microwaves .. nothing more.

If you can afford a $900, then buy it. It beats buying a dog.

digicam

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I have just bought one for my mother (80) she wants a simple one, just 1 dial, press and wash.

Thing I have noticed is they all seem to be loaded with buttons/knobs/dials ect.

Life is too short to carry all the different buttons around with you, it is just a washing machine surely, press the button, come back in an hour, clean clothes, is that too hard?

Or should I go got the 40 wash, the 60 wash, the colourfast, the delicates, synthetics, woolens plus 20 other programs I cant be bothered to remember, then what about a spin speed - why bother, just spin the blinkin clothes, I dont care how fast, then crease guard, colour guard ect ect.

Lets not bother with writing on the buttons, lets use symbols instead, so those sad fools have to remember what two squiggles and a ball really means creaseguard.

After all that I find it easier installing IIS/SQL with some .net plugins.

Have fun with your new machine :)

1:57 pm on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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gee thanks TJ!

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2:26 pm on Aug 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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trillianjedi,
good move. You had no choice anyway, so it's best that you gave up right away. The minute she heard about the machine, it was bought...you just didn't know it yet :)
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He, he, he. WebmasterWorld currently #3 on G for [siemens iq].
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number 10 from france ( from 49K ) ..thus proving that on page factors are still very much in play ..as BT noted along while back in the robots text ..now if we just point a few links in here too ;-)

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